Cornell senior forward Cole Bardreau has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Fairport, NY native was signed as an undrafted free agent after spending four seasons playing for Mike Schafer in Ithaca.
Bardreau's career was almost ended when he suffered a serious neck injury during his sophomore season. A former alternate captain for the U.S. team at the World Juniors, Bardreau projects to be a third or fourth line grinder who can chip in offensively. He possesses strong closing speed and does a nice job pursuing pucks.
A right shot who can play the wing or center, Bardreau had 17 assists this past season in his final go around in a Big Red uniform. He's always been more of a setup guy than a finisher.
Bardreau will report to the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Big Red were eliminated from the ECAC Hockey playoffs this past weekend, being swept out by Union College. It was unusually down season for Cornell, finishing seventh place in the ECAC.
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